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Oman welcomes 3.3m visitors in 2017

MUSCAT, March 6, 2018

Oman attracted a total of 3.3 million tourists last year, recording a healthy 4.7 per cent increase over 2016, said a report citing new data.

Registering a successive record number of travellers since 2015, the new figures signal the continued progress of the government’s National 2040 Tourism Strategy, which aims to boost the sector’s contribution to GDP by 6 per cent, said a report in Times of Oman.

Oman’s 20-year strategy has already begun bearing fruit and is well on track to raise visitor numbers to 5 million per annum by 2040. The strategy hinges on developing dedicated tourism clusters in destinations such as Muscat, Musandam, Al Hajjar Mountains, Frankincense trail in Salalah, and multiple desert areas popular with adventure tourists.

In addition, the ministry aims to employ as many as 500,000 people in the tourism sector, with expected investments totalling OMR19 billion ($49.2 billion), of which only 12 per cent will be from the public sector.

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